Students at DePaul University will vote on a referendum next week to decide whether they will have to pay money each quarter into a scholarship fund for illegal immigrant students.
Each DePaul student would need to pay $2 a quarter towards student activity fees to fund the scholarship, which was proposed by the Undocumented Student Movement (USM) and the Undocumented Vincentians & Allies (UVA). The resolution must pass both student vote and administrative approval, according to The College Fix.
DePaul’s student government voting members and senators “unanimously” approved the referendum on Friday, reported The DePaulia. Estimates computed by the UVA indicate that the extra $2 per quarter per student would amount to a $79,000 scholarship fund for illegal immigrant students, beginning no sooner than the 2018-2019 school year.
In a since-deleted comment on its Facebook page, UVA tells a user who used the term “illegal immigrants” that “there is [sic] no ‘illegal’ human beings.”
“Another reason why it is polite to use undocumented or immigrant is historical significance behind the usage of ‘illegal’ during WW2 when Jews and marginalized communities were labeled as illegal and led [sic] to their persecution and death [sic] of millions,” explained UVA in the comment.
“We are a vulnerable community, but we have to remember that we are only vulnerable to our own fears,” said Brenda Gonzalez, an illegal immigrant student at DePaul, to The DePaulia.
“Instead of using those tuition funds on actual legal American citizens, or perhaps even lowering tuition on the financially underwater student body … they have chosen to promote another left-wing mascot at the behest of their own students,” said John Minster, president of DePaul’s College Republicans, to The College Fix. “Evidently, they have learned nothing from our country’s most recent election.”
If the resolution receives a majority vote from DePaul’s student body, it will pass to the school’s Board of Trustees.
“The university is moved that these student leaders would care about the needs of their fellow students, especially since the name of St. Vincent de Paul, the patron saint of the poor, is above our door,” said Carol Hughes, a communications officer for DePaul, in a statement to The Daily Caller News Foundation.
The DCNF reached out to DePaul’s student government for comment, but received none in time for publication.
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